The Best Space Games
Tony Ackroyd
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For a long time there was a real shortage of great Space games. There was even a geeklist titled "Where are all the good Space games?" or something like that.

Its been a stunning couple of years for Space games with a lot of really great games being released. In 2007 & 2008 we have had:

Race for the Galaxy
Battlestar Galactica
Space Alert
Galactic Emperor
Supernova
Galaxy Trucker
Warhammer 40,000 5th Edition
StarCraft: The Board Game
Planet Steam
Frontiers
Duck Dealer

I created a poll a few weeks ago to rate Space & Sci-fi games. Since then I realised its really Space games that I'm interested in.

So this list contains the best Space games I could find on BGG. In some cases it was tough to decide whether a game was 'Space' or 'Sci-fi', and I may have got some of them wrong, especially the large number of entries that I haven't played. If you think I've missed a great Space game then feel free to add it.

I've added some useful information on game: best number of players, how popular they are (number of plays), whether they are Free, what their majority rating was on the Poll (with in brackets the % who said that).
I've also included a comment (or two) from a fan of the game. It was interesting to see the number of unfamiliar usernames writing these comments - obviously Space game fans are a niche group on The Geek.

Update: I've included some more detail on the poll results to date.
Poll rating is the average score if Love it=2, Great=1, Okay=0, Poor=-1, Hate it=-2.
Median is what the middle person rated it as.
Love it! is the percentage who ticked "Love it!"

Update: Now this list has settled down I have created a "Weird combined rating" to sort the list by and have re-sorted by this.
The way it works is points are awarded for 4 categories: Rating, Ranking, #Plays and Poll score. The points are awarded based on where that game comes after sorting all the games on this list by each of those scores. Finally a bonus will be awarded for Print n Play games (as they are freely available and cheap). Low points are good and the games will then be sorted by their TOTAL points. You'll get the idea. Where no score is available (e.g. no rank or no poll rating) ratings will be used.
If any new games are added to the list I will score them relative to the other games on the list and sort them on that basis.

Other lists in this series:
The Best Co-operative Games
The Best Alternatives to "Risk"
The Best Party Games
The Best Dexterity Games (or 48 dexterity games that are better than Jenga)

And my full reference geeklist for choosing games:
The Which Game to Play/Buy Metalist
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1. Board Game: Race for the Galaxy added by 1000rpm on 2008-12-02 05:26:05
2. Board Game: Twilight Imperium (Third Edition) added by 1000rpm on 2008-12-02 05:25:55
3. Board Game: Galaxy Trucker added by 1000rpm on 2008-12-02 05:26:19
4. Board Game: Dune added by 1000rpm on 2008-12-02 05:26:11
5. Board Game: Battlestar Galactica: The Board Game added by 1000rpm on 2008-12-02 05:26:44
6. Board Game: Space Alert added by 1000rpm on 2008-12-02 05:27:09
7. Board Game: StarCraft: The Board Game added by 1000rpm on 2008-12-02 05:26:34
8. Board Game: Space Hulk added by 1000rpm on 2008-12-02 05:26:27
9. Board Game: Nexus Ops added by 1000rpm on 2008-12-02 05:26:52
10. Board Game: Battlestations added by 1000rpm on 2008-12-02 05:28:39
11. Board Game: Cosmic Encounter added by 1000rpm on 2008-12-02 05:27:36
12. Board Game: Merchant of Venus added by 1000rpm on 2008-12-02 05:28:30
13. Board Game: Star Wars: The Queen's Gambit added by 1000rpm on 2008-12-02 05:27:01
14. Board Game: Federation Commander: Klingon Border added by 1000rpm on 2008-12-02 05:29:41
15. Board Game: Full Metal Planète added by 1000rpm on 2008-12-02 05:29:19
16. Board Game: Starship Catan added by 1000rpm on 2008-12-02 05:28:05
17. Board Game: Star Wars: Epic Duels added by 1000rpm on 2008-12-02 05:29:04
18. Board Game: Aliens added by 1000rpm on 2008-12-02 05:30:11
19. Board Game: The Starfarers of Catan added by 1000rpm on 2008-12-02 05:28:57
20. Board Game: Galactic Emperor added by 1000rpm on 2008-12-02 05:30:04
21. Board Game: Full Thrust added by 1000rpm on 2008-12-02 05:30:39
22. Board Game: Risk 2210 A.D. added by 1000rpm on 2008-12-02 05:29:12
23. Board Game: Risk: Star Wars Original Trilogy Edition added by 1000rpm on 2008-12-02 05:30:19
24. Board Game: AT-43 Initiation Set: Operation Damocles added by 1000rpm on 2008-12-02 05:31:22
25. Board Game: Federation Commander: Romulan Border added by 1000rpm on 2008-12-02 05:33:47
26. Board Game: Space Dealer added by 1000rpm on 2008-12-02 05:29:26
27. Board Game: Warhammer 40,000 (fifth edition) added by 1000rpm on 2008-12-02 05:34:06
28. Board Game: Mission: Red Planet added by 1000rpm on 2008-12-02 05:28:48
29. Board Game: Star Wars Miniatures added by 1000rpm on 2008-12-02 05:30:31
30. Board Game: Attack Vector: Tactical added by 1000rpm on 2008-12-02 05:34:21
31. Board Game: Planet Steam added by 1000rpm on 2008-12-02 05:35:11
32. Board Game: Homeworlds added by 1000rpm on 2008-12-02 05:33:56
33. Board Game: Assault on Hoth: The Empire Strikes Back added by 1000rpm on 2008-12-02 05:33:31
34. Board Game: Starmada: The Admiralty Edition added by 1000rpm on 2009-10-13 06:08:49
35. Board Game: BattleTech added by J.L.Robert on 2008-12-12 14:44:14
36. Board Game: Ogre added by J.L.Robert on 2008-12-12 14:54:02
37. Board Game: Silent Death added by 1000rpm on 2008-12-02 05:33:16
38. Board Game: Outpost added by 1000rpm on 2008-12-02 05:31:14
39. Board Game: Silent Death: The Next Millennium Deluxe Edition added by 1000rpm on 2008-12-02 05:36:14
40. Board Game: Star Fleet Battles: Captain's Edition Basic Set added by 1000rpm on 2008-12-02 05:34:55
41. Board Game: Star Wars: Star Warriors added by 1000rpm on 2008-12-02 05:33:23
42. Board Game: Warhammer 40,000 (fourth edition) added by 1000rpm on 2008-12-02 05:30:59
43. Board Game: Stargrunt II added by 1000rpm on 2008-12-02 05:34:13
44. Board Game: Battlefleet Gothic added by 1000rpm on 2008-12-02 05:31:06
45. Board Game: Hard Vacuum added by 1000rpm on 2008-12-02 05:35:02
46. Board Game: Twilight Imperium (Second Edition) added by 1000rpm on 2008-12-02 05:37:34
47. Board Game: Duck Dealer added by 1000rpm on 2008-12-02 05:27:19
48. Board Game: Supernova added by 1000rpm on 2008-12-02 05:37:02
49. Board Game: Lunar Rails added by 1000rpm on 2008-12-02 05:33:39
50. Board Game: Twilight Imperium added by 1000rpm on 2008-12-02 05:30:52
51. Board Game: Star Trader added by 1000rpm on 2008-12-02 05:35:18
52. Board Game: Frontiers added by 1000rpm on 2008-12-02 05:35:57
53. Board Game: Space Junkyard added by 1000rpm on 2008-12-02 05:36:38
54. Board Game: Star Fleet Battles added by 1000rpm on 2008-12-10 15:30:34
55. Board Game: Last Frontier: The Vesuvius Incident added by 1000rpm on 2008-12-02 05:34:29
56. Board Game: Twilight Imperium: Armada added by 1000rpm on 2008-12-02 05:35:41
57. Board Game: Dirtside II added by 1000rpm on 2008-12-02 05:37:42
58. Board Game: Starship Command added by 1000rpm on 2008-12-02 05:42:49
59. Board Game: Starmada X added by 1000rpm on 2008-12-02 05:36:46
60. Board Game: Star Hopper added by ssgames on 2008-12-10 10:31:02
61. Board Game: Wormhole added by 1000rpm on 2008-12-02 05:41:23
62. Board Game: Killer Bunnies and the Journey to Jupiter added by Woelf on 2008-12-11 17:32:56
63. Board Game: Starship Troopers Miniatures Game added by 1000rpm on 2008-12-02 05:38:15
64. Board Game: InterSpace added by 1000rpm on 2008-12-02 05:42:04
65. Board Game: Star Fleet Battle Manual added by 1000rpm on 2008-12-02 05:36:53
66. Board Game: Star Wars Miniatures Battles added by 1000rpm on 2008-12-02 05:35:48
67. Board Game: Perry Rhodan: The Cosmic League added by 1000rpm on 2008-12-02 05:34:40
68. Board Game: The Awful Green Things From Outer Space added by 1000rpm on 2008-12-10 15:33:25
69. Board Game: A Call to Arms: Babylon 5 Space Combat added by 1000rpm on 2008-12-02 05:35:26
70. Board Game: Imperium added by 1000rpm on 2008-12-02 05:37:26
71. Board Game: Mag·Blast (Third Edition) added by 1000rpm on 2008-12-02 05:45:49
72. Board Game: Starfire added by 1000rpm on 2008-12-02 05:34:47
73. Board Game: Free Trader added by 1000rpm on 2008-12-02 05:41:02
74. Board Game: Starship Command II added by 1000rpm on 2008-12-02 05:43:02
75. Board Game: Throneworld added by 1000rpm on 2008-12-02 05:37:58
76. Board Game: Freedom in the Galaxy added by Sr. Ulé on 2008-12-11 10:48:59
77. Board Game: Star Trek: The Adventure Game added by 1000rpm on 2008-12-02 05:35:34
78. Board Game: Star Smuggler added by 1000rpm on 2008-12-02 05:41:37
79. Board Game: Liftoff! added by 1000rpm on 2008-12-02 05:38:05
80. Board Game: Firestorm added by davido on 2008-12-10 22:58:00
81. Board Game: Star Trek: Starship Tactical Combat Simulator added by Great_Mazinga on 2009-03-11 12:27:33
82. Board Game: Star Viking added by 1000rpm on 2008-12-02 05:47:54
83. Board Game: Galactic Destiny added by TomRybak on 2008-12-12 13:09:14
84. Board Game: Starfight added by 1000rpm on 2008-12-02 05:50:57
85. Board Game: Omega Centauri added by bucklen_uk on 2009-09-07 06:51:06
86. Board Game: Vanished Planet added by 1000rpm on 2008-12-02 05:36:05
87. Board Game: Babylon 5 Wars added by rsitaly on 2008-12-10 15:05:07
88. Board Game: Voyage of the B.S.M. Pandora added by jstalica on 2008-12-12 12:05:05
89. Board Game: Iron Stars added by 1000rpm on 2008-12-02 05:43:45
90. Board Game: Stellar Conquest added by 1000rpm on 2008-12-10 15:59:35
91. Board Game: Skräll added by 1000rpm on 2008-12-02 05:37:18
92. Board Game: Triplanetary added by 1000rpm on 2008-12-02 05:36:27
93. Board Game: Venus Needs Men added by 1000rpm on 2008-12-02 05:50:34
94. Board Game: Amazing Space Venture added by 1000rpm on 2008-12-02 05:37:10
95. Board Game: Sucking Vacuum added by 1000rpm on 2008-12-22 15:19:12
96. Board Game: Big Game Hunters of the Universe added by 1000rpm on 2008-12-02 05:41:51
97. Board Game: The Succession Wars added by J.L.Robert on 2008-12-12 14:47:00
98. Board Game: WarpWar added by davido on 2008-12-10 08:37:14
99. Board Game: Vector 3 added by ronto on 2009-09-29 00:05:18
101. Board Game: Imperial Starfire added by 1000rpm on 2008-12-02 05:44:24
102. Board Game: Web and Starship added by Sr. Ulé on 2008-12-11 10:15:49
103. Board Game: 4000 A.D. added by Hungadunga on 2008-12-11 14:03:02
104. Board Game: Blast-Off! added by simonh on 2008-12-12 16:06:35
105. Board Game: Babylon 5 Component Game System: Core Sets added by rsitaly on 2008-12-10 10:57:54
106. Board Game: Godsfire added by davido on 2008-12-10 08:33:18
107. Board Game: Shadowlord! added by Great_Mazinga on 2009-03-11 12:26:27
108. Board Game: The Air-Eaters Strike Back! added by bartman347 on 2009-05-12 04:10:48
109. Board Game: Alien Contact added by Great_Mazinga on 2009-03-11 12:21:56
110. Board Game: Rebel Moon Defense added by nestorgames on 2009-11-28 11:35:59
111. Board Game: StarGate added by Neopeius on 2010-01-16 02:09:03
112. Board Game: Renegade Legion: Leviathan added by cturnitsa on 2010-07-30 23:31:13
113. Board Game: Star Conquest added by jcd2001es on 2010-09-19 04:21:39
114. Board Game: Andromeda added by FeelGoodND on 2010-09-19 11:52:22
115. Board Game: Space Empires: 4X added by Jim Krohn on 2010-10-08 12:47:47
116. Board Game: High Frontier added by David Ells on 2010-11-10 19:34:02
117. Board Game: Saganami Island Tactical Simulator added by marleeno on 2011-02-25 13:04:10
118. Board Game: Eclipse added by Touko on 2011-03-26 05:33:33
119. Board Game: Orion: Combat Near the Speed of Light added by M St on 2011-09-21 04:32:20
120. Board Game: Alien Frontiers added by 16 Ft Pauly on 2011-11-15 08:48:21
121. Board Game: Space Commander added by Erebus74 on 2012-02-26 08:39:32
122. Board Game: Eminent Domain added by FeelGoodND on 2012-02-26 11:14:31
123. Board Game: Conquest of Orion added by stevencole on 2013-09-21 13:43:56
124. Board Game: Galactic Smugglers added by Wulfram88 on 2014-06-22 10:57:25
125. Board Game: Leaving Earth added by Born-of-Ashes on 2015-12-16 09:06:15